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Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 18 January 2020 04:55

Police have impounded five vehicles and made several arrests after a significant amount of hooning and traffic related offending the Melbourne’s southeast.

Police received multiple calls reporting up to 400 vehicles were congregating in a car park near the corner of Smith Road and the Princes Highway at Springvale about 10.30pm 17 January.

Police attended and witnessed a large crowd of people in the area with many near the roadway.

Officers attempted to move on sections of the crowd and several people who failed to adhere to directions were arrested.

General duties police and Highway Patrol members monitored roads in the surrounding areas which resulted in a number of vehicles being stopped and drivers processed for offences including driving while disqualified, exceed prescribed concentration of alcohol, and failure to obey red light.

Two defect notices were issues for unsafe vehicles.

Three vehicles were impounded and their respective drivers charged with speeding offences after allegedly being detected at more than 145km/h in an 80km/h zone.

One driver was charged and their vehicle impounded for loss of traction.

Another car was impounded and driver processed for driving while disqualified.

Operation Sumatra, designed to target high risk driving, was active in the southeast area at the time and as such police had additional resources prepared to respond at the time of the incident.

Police members had body worn cameras active at the time of the incident which will assist in follow up investigations and potentially lead to further charges.

Victoria police will not tolerate hooning and reckless behaviour on the roads.

Sam Bidey

Senior Media Advisor